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Maha Sweis-Dababneh


  • PhD, Amman Arab University For Graduate Studies
  • Master’s degree, Jordan University
  • Master’s degree, DePaul University
  • Bachelor’s degree, Jordan University


Dr. Maha Sweis- Dababneh is from Jordan, finished her high school education and attended Education School at the University of Jordan where she completed her BA, MA, and Ph.D. degree. She also finished her second master’s degree from DePaul University, Master of Arts in Arabic in June 2015.

She moved to the United States- Chicago 2006, she started teaching Arabic language at DePaul University in 2007. For her, teaching provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth. One of her hopes as an educator is to instill a love of learning the Arabic language as she shares her own passion for learning with them.

Teaching the Arabic Language has become a passion of hers​. She takes great pride when she sees her students advancing and reaching their goals in learning the Language.

She is 2020 “Master Educator Award Winner” for embracing the use of instructional technology at Moraine Valley Community College , also in 2019 she eared “Quality Matter (QM) Star Award for excellence in online course design and achieving a perfect score in DePaul University Internal Quality Matters Review.
Add to that, she is 2012 “Innovation of the Year Award Winner” for developing, designing, and implementing of Arabic 101 online course at Moraine Valley Community College.

She presented at conferences including The National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL), Foreign Language Associations of Virginia (FLAVA), DePaul University conference, Moraine Valley Community College, St. Mary Orthodox Church, and Innovator Spotlight Virtual Conference. Also, she conducted workshops for StarTalk program including Michigan State University and Western Michigan University.

Her presentations and workshops covered a range of topics including technology –instructor- preparing and training teachers on using technology in the classroom, students centered learning activities, using technology to enhance language learning, my innovation of the year award, teaching Arabic through technology, teaching tools and ideas for online language classes, hands on activities, and flipping the classroom.

In addition to teaching at DePaul University, Dr. Sweis- Dababneh is an Associate Professor at Moraine Valley Community College, and adjunct faculty at Saint Xavier University.

She is also Member of National Arabic Teachers Association, National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages- ACTFL, Chicago Arabic Teacher Council, and I serve as a member of the Council Board.

Add to that, she has a lot of community involvement; she volunteered at greater Chicago food depository, St. Mary Orthodox Church, and Sertoma Center.

Maha has her own YouTube channel “ Teaching Arabic for Beginners and I​ntermediate​.”
In her teaching, she follows the Chinese proverb. “Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.”

She looks forward to helping expand the Arabic language program. Most importantly she looks forward to a lifelong career of teaching the Arabic language so that students from diverse backgrounds will better understand our increasingly global community, and the doors of opportunity for students become open and they become familiar with people of different cultures.